A very rare ancient Roman solid gold aureus of the very first Emperor of Rome, Augustus (Imperator Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus Divi Filius Augustus) struck 11 - 10 B.C. at the Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint.
The obverse with the laureate head of Augustus, facing right. The legend reading;
AVGVSTVS DIVI F[ilivs]
"Augustus, Son of the Divine"
The reverse with Apollo Citharoedus standing facing right in long drapery, holding cithaera (lyre) in left hand and plectrum in outstretched right. The legend reading:
This wonderful aureus was struck during the reign of the first Roman Emperor at the commercial heart of the northwestern provinces, Lugdunum (Modern day Lyon, France) in 10 B.C.
The reverse shows the pacific Apollo Citharoedus playing his lyre, a likely reference to the era of peace that Augustus's rule had brought to the new Empire.
A particularly rare issue of this most desirable of coin types.
Diameter: 20 mm.
Weight: 7.80 g.
Ex English private collection.
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